Bowdoin 2, Tufts 1

At Brunswick, ME
Friday, October 30, 2009

Game Box Score

BRUNSWICK, Me. -- The Bowdoin College men's soccer team used a pair of goals 86 seconds apart in the second half to take an eventual 2-1 win over Tufts University on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Polar Bears (10-3-1, 5-3-1) net the fourth seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will host Trinity College in an opening-round match on Sunday at 12:30. Tufts ends their season with a record of 2-10-2 (0-8-1 NESCAC).

The game entered halftime scoreless, thanks in great part to the efforts of Tufts junior defender Alex Hart (San Francisco, CA). Bowdoin had a tremendous chance to break into the scoring column just minutes into the game, when a gaffe by Jumbo netminder Pat Tonelli (Andover, MA) resulted in the ball trickling toward the end line, where Hart stole a goal away from Bowdoin's Michael Gale with a diving kick. Hart made another stop of a ball headed towards an open goal in the second half, to keep the game scoreless.

Bowdoin finally broke through with a perfectly-placed cross from Carl Woock to the toe of Peter Kelley, who netted it in the top-left corner at 60:19. Just moments later, Woock earned another assist with another well-placed cross, this time to the foot of Nick Powell, who gave the Polar Bears a two-goal lead at 61:45.

Tufts junior Chris Flaherty (Duxbury, MA) scored a late goal on a laser with 3:20 remaining to trim the lead to a single goal. But Bowdoin maintained possession for the rest of the contest, sealing the win.

Dan Hicks made five saves for Bowdoin before giving way to Garrick Sheldon, who was not challenged. Tonelli stopped four shots for Tufts in 48:20 while sophomore Alan Bernstein (Wayne, NJ) made two saves and allowed both goals in his 41:40 of action.